The hilt inlaid with silver, once blued for added contrast.
Base 4.5 mm
Middle 4.5 mm
Reinforced tip 10 mm
Base 74 mm
Middle 46 mm
Rajasthan, North India
Iron, wootz steel, gold
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A rather fine katar of the 18th century. It features a strong blade of wide proportions with a sunken panel, exhibiting a bold and high contrast wootz pattern. At the base of the blade is chiseled a stylized flower, the quality of the carving is exquisite.
The hilt with two slightly swollen handlebars sprouting from square bases. Its surface entirely damascened in two tones of gold. The work is very fine, much finer than usually encountered.
In fair condition. Some losses to the gold, see photos. Blade in very good condition.
An impressive piece with a strong presence, exhibiting fine workmanship.
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A rare example with pattern welded blade, retaining its original scabbard.
An interesting South Indian style katar with an imported European blade.
With a hidden compartment for a small utility knife.
With markings attributing it to Jalore.
Covered almost entirely in very fine "sadeli" marquetry that is associated primarily with Gujarat.